Welcome to The Rashi School! Rashi is a Reform Jewish PK-8 Independent School located in the Greater Boston area.
If you’ve found us, then you’re looking for something more. Rashi is a Jewish school, but this is not your parents’ Jewish day school. We’re an independent school, but not like the ones you’ve encountered.
Rashi combines the best of both worlds to provide your child a uniquely powerful education. We represent all ethnic, racial and gender identities, as well as a wide range of socioeconomic strata. We are Jews by birth or adoption (sometimes called Jews by chance), and Jews by choice. We are Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, Reconstructionist and unaffiliated Jews. We are non-Jews partnered with Jews and raising Jewish children. At The Rashi School, we celebrate that mosaic and actively work to cultivate a student population that reflects the richness and diversity of the Greater Boston Jewish community. We are a welcoming and inclusive community that truly sees the value in all people.
Who do you want your child to be? Not just as a learner, but as a person?
Are Jewish values and identity important to you? Are you seeking a community—kehillah, in Hebrew—that sustains students and their families in good times, and difficult ones? Do you want to be part of a beautifully diverse community that includes multifaith, LGBTQ, Jews of Color, multi-ethnic, and single-parent-by-choice families?
What does education mean to your family?
Do you perceive school as a whole-child experience that will set your daughter or son on a lifelong path of inquiry and advocacy?
If these questions speak to you, then you’ve already begun to answer, Why Rashi?
We start with an outstanding academic program rooted in rigor. Head of School Adam W. Fischer likens the Rashi experience to a greenhouse without walls: every child is stretched and challenged to reach their individual potential… no limits. We give students the warmth and nurture, the confidence and trust they need to be curious, probing, and intellectually driven.
The Rashi School was built on the principle of social justice, and we uphold it as an academic endeavor from the moment our Kindergartners enter the building until the day our Grade 8 students graduate. Social justice stays with our students their entire lives and becomes part of their heart. Don’t equate Rashi’s social justice program with other schools’ service learning and volunteerism—we have more than 35 years of experience doing this work. At Rashi, your child will learn that the head, the heart, and the hands must work together to repair the world… a principle known as Tikkun Olam, central to Reform Judaism.
Our students benefit from Rashi’s strong, symbiotic partnership with NewBridge on the Charles, a senior living community right on our campus, just a few yards away. NewBridge’s proximity means that we can provide broad multigenerational programming unique among private schools. Every child, Kindergarten through Grade 8, learns from—and with—NewBridge residents. Our students not only go to NewBridge to celebrate holidays, collaborate on community service projects, or help residents with technology, but our senior neighbors volunteer in Rashi classrooms in every grade throughout the year. Rashi students respect their elders and value their relationships with NewBridge friends.
We welcome students from a variety of public and independent school environments.
Our youngest children come from over 50 preschools in more than 20 cities and towns in the Greater Boston area. Rashi students’ previous preschool experiences are diverse, spanning various approaches to early childhood education.
Whether your child is coming from a Montessori program, a language immersion environment, or outdoor classroom approach, they will thrive at Rashi. Whether your child is in a city-based or suburban school, Jewish or secular, they will feel right at home at Rashi.
At The Rashi School, your child will continue to find joy in learning, discovery, and play. They will build upon their academic skills and set the foundation for becoming curious, independent life-long learners. They will be encouraged to reach their individual potential in a warm and nurturing Jewish community.
We are happy to connect prospective families with a current Rashi family who came from a similar preschool program.
Director of Admissions
My professional background spans education, non-profit and technology communications; prior to Rashi, I was at Wellesley College, Babson College and The Meadowbrook School. As the parent of two Rashi alumni, I am incredibly passionate about this school. I love getting to know prospective families — every child is unique, and so is every family’s story.
Anna Raykhtsaum Tratt
Assistant Director of Admissions
After 20 years in New York City, I am excited to be back in my hometown of Brookline and joining The Rashi School. I have spent nearly the last decade in independent schools in Manhattan; my career has also spanned arts management, fashion, and non-profits. Being part of a school community brings me tremendous joy and fulfills my passion for helping families find the right educational fit for their children.
I joined the Admissions team at The Rashi School in September 2016. I have previously worked at Temple Reyim in their youth department and main office, and Gateways: Access to Jewish Education as an executive assistant. I am passionate about Jewish education, and love seeing all the joyful students in the hallways of Rashi.